I know we have all heard many times how powerful words are. Most of the time it seems these sermons or talks focus on the destructive power that misspoken words can have. However, the opposite is just as true. Words can have amazing healing strength as well. They can bolster our confidence. A well-spoken word from someone can change our entire day. Most amazingly, words can even have creative ability; after all, everything that exists was actually spoken into existence by God.
As we head into a new year in just a few days, it is a good time to think about words. What kind of words do we want to speak? What words are we willing to have spoken to us? Are we going to allow the words of our thoughts to drag us down and defeat us or are we going to believe God’s word to us?
The beginning of the year is a good time to set goals and think about things we might want to change in our lives or do a little differently. One of the things I started doing a few years back was picking a word for the year that I felt God wanted me to grow into during the next months. I found this to be an empowering exercise. As I would read the Bible during the year, God would show me the word in different verses, and teach me more about the quality the word expressed. One year a friend gave me a necklace with my word-of-the-year printed on it. It was such a thoughtful reminder to me as I strove to grow that quality in my life.
In these last few days of the year, I am thinking and praying about my words for 2019. I want to choose kinder, softer words for my children. I want to find encouraging words for my friends. I even want to strive to have kind words in my thoughts for others, as well as myself. Would you like to join me? I pray that God will show you a word or two that He has especially picked out for you this year!
Happy New Year!
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24